Laszlo Systems' OpenLaszlo Platform Ushers in a "Digital Life" Application Suite
"Unadorned DHTML" Was Never Going to Be Enough, Founder & CTO David Temkin Explains
By: RIA News Desk
May. 1, 2006 01:45 AM
See David Temkin in the 'Real-World AJAX' (San Jose) "AJAX Power Panel"
"Laszlo has been getting a lot of attention for its product of late, thanks in part to Macromedia's Monday announcement of its Flex presentation server," (Temkin was writing April 2, 2004).
"I thought I'd use my first blog entry to set some context around Laszlo, and explain how, in contrast to Flex, Laszlo offers a complete, self-contained platform for creating rich Internet applications (RIAs)."
Temkin then went on to "position" Laszlo Systems itself in the overall i-Technology space: "As a company, Laszlo is totally focused on RIAs. We are not about designer tools; we are not about animation and advertising. We think the Web is on the verge of a sea change, with the dual drivers of broadband and Web services, and we see an XML-based framework for RIAs as essential to this transition.
Since late 2000, Laszlo has been single-mindedly focused on delivering a rationalized platform for high-quality interactivity on the open Web. We devised a platform for doing this that incorporates a J2EE-based presentation server, an XML language (LZX) for specifying the application's layout, look, behavior, and data binding; and a server-based compiler which compiles the XML source into a format which works in just about every Web browser today.
At the time, the obvious choice for our client target would have been Java. But that wouldn't have delivered the ubiquity that customers need. So, instead, we chose to target the Flash 5 (and later) player from Macromedia. The player is ubiquitously distributed and it has reliable rendering and strong cross-platform compatibility."
This cross-platform aspect was what mattered most to Temkin then, and still matters most today, two years on.
It took only 18 months for Temkin's company to go live with a real, complex application built on its OpenLaszlo platform: Laszlo Mail. Though the application itself wasn't open source, parts of it were contributed to the OpenLaszlo project.
OpenLaszlo, now in its third release, is an open source platform for developing Web applications that are as feature-rich and robust as traditional client-based programs yet do not require the installation of any new software. Worldwide adoption of the platform spans virtually all market sectors -- including enterprise, government, education and business-to-consumer.
Both Laszlo and Dojo are founding members of the Open Ajax technology collaboration, which they established along with industry titans IBM, Oracle, BEA, RedHat, Yahoo!, Google and others earlier this year.
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